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Table 3 Counseling behaviors of current and never smokers

From: Prevalence and personal attitudes towards tobacco smoking among Palestinian healthcare professionals: a cross-sectional study

Question Total Never smokers Current smokers p value
Are you convinced that a healthcare worker should advise the patient to stop smoking?
Yes 581 (87.63%) 384 (91.64%) 197 (80.73%) 0.000
No 82 (12.36%) 35 (8.35%) 47 (19.26%)  
Do you advise your patient to stop smoking?
Always 266 (40.12%) 188 (44.87%) 78 (31.96%) 0.005
Sometimes 329 (49.62%) 192 (45.82%) 137 (56.15%)
Never 68 (10.25%) 39 (9.30%) 29 (11.88%)
Do you explain the negative health effects of smoking to your patient?
Yes 550 (82.95%) 355 (84.73%) 195 (79.91%) 0.112
No 113 (17.04%) 64 (15.27%) 49 (20.08%)
Do you follow up with your smoking patients if they reduce or quite smoking?
Yes 161 (24.28%) 116 (27.68%) 45 (18.44%) 0.007
No 502 (75.71%) 303 (72.31%) 199 (81.56%)
Have you recorded any cases that quitted smoking?
High numbers 9 (1.35%) 8 (1.90%) 1 (0.40%) 0.193
Low numbers 184 (27.75%) 111 (26.49%) 73 (29.91%)
Zero 470 (70.89%) 300 (71.59%) 170 (69.67%)
Do you know if there are any policies that ban smoking of healthcare workers inside hospitals?
Yes 263 (39.67%) 166 (39.62%) 97 (39.75%) 0.972
No 400 (60.33%) 253 (60.38%) 147 (60.24%)  
In your opinion, Is it a necessity to have policies that ban smoking and punish who smokes inside hospitals?
Yes 550 (83.00%) 372 (88.87%) 178 (73.00%) 0.000
No 113 (17.04%) 47 (11.21%) 66 (27.04%)  
Total 663 (100%) 419 (100%) 244 (100%)